Residenza Paolo VI was inaugurated in 2000, year of the Holy Jubilee, as the only hotel in the extraterritoriality of the Vatican. The Residenza, located directly in the ancient wall of the venerated Augustinian Order, offers a distinctive atmosphere of spirituality, emphasized by the proximity tothe St. Peter’s Basilica. This catholic home, managed by the Ambassador of Rome in the World, Senator Dr. hc. Hans-Albert Courtial, captivates since its establishment for the close ties to the Vatican. Nowhere as in Rome it is possible to take part of the catholic live with such an intensity.
In the evening it is possible to live the awareness of such vicinity to the heart of the Christianity, thanks to the wonderful terracewhich offers a direct viewof the Apostolic Palaceand Saint Peter’s Dome.
The Residenza owes its name to the close and cordial relationship of its Manager Senator Dr. hc. Hans-Albert Courtial and the venerated late Pope Paul VI,to whom he dedicated the Residenza. Pope Paul VI went down in the history as the first pope of the 20th century who travelled outside of Italy and made for the first time intercultural and interreligious communication possible.
The Augustinian Order, in which walls the Residenza is situated, is located at this wonderful square since 1886 and heads from here all the Augustinian Communities worldwide. This Order is one of the oldest religious communities and owns its name to Saint Augustine,who set the rules of the Order in the 4th century which are still valid today.
In the 13th century the order was confirmed as an official one within the range of the several orders’ foundation, when pope Innocent IV summarized and confirmed the rules. For 750 years the order takes care of the Lord’s Annunciation, the cure of souls and the promotion of Arts and Sciences, first of all the study of the Holy Scripture and serves with that the wide Christendom.
Today the Order counts about 50 constituencies and about 2800 members all around the world. From the academic point of view its members have been employing since 1969 with the education of Patristic and the promotion of the patristic studies, with studies about the history of the Augustinian order. The roman Vicariate also attends the parochial and the students’ cure of the soul, the school’s lessons, the apprentice’s cure of the soul, the study and the education of the future members of the order.
This incomparable mixture of tradition, closeness to the pope, cooperation with the oldest order and the comfort of a 4 stars hotel makes the stay at Residenza Paolo VIan unique experience since 16 years.